The Ultimate High-Performance Personalized Trainer
I am a relatively typical Silicon Valley technology executive. I am always on, 24-7; I travel 10 times per year to Asia; I am deeply involved with my family; and I strive to improve in every way possible. By 50, I was not able to maintain my cardio rate, my stamina and my flexibility; and my jet-lag to/from Asia had started to impact my lifestyle. This is a factual summary of how Ms Inyoung Ha has helped me live like I am 45, at age 55.
I met Inyoung at my wife’s health club, the Bay Club. I selected her because of her incredible patience with a very unmotivated teenager who was forced to be there by parents.
My expectation with Inyoung was relatively low: weight loss as a possible way to recover some of the cardio & stamina loss. To my surprise, Inyoung’s meticulous analysis of my issues paid dividend immediately. She pointed out that I suffered from a disproportional unbalance in upper-abdominal vs. lower-pelvic muscles. Within a month, I was able to correct my posture, and this, in turn solved a mystery that baffled me in swimming.
At age 41, I started to take swimming seriously. I had trained with two professional trainers, Scott Shea and later on a US Olympian, Dana Kirk. With their help, my 50-meter freestyle stroke count dropped from 52 to 40, but I was not able to improve further because I arch my torso, especially when I take a breath. Two months after training with Inyoung, I gained back my 40 strokes, and after one year, I was able to reach my absolute best of 38 strokes per 50 meters because I was able to maintain my body position and not sink.
Returning to swimming has helped my cardio rate, but the biggest improvement actually came in year-two with Inyoung when we agreed to retool my breathing. Until then, my breathing wasn’t much different from most athletes: lung capacity, slow & steady breathing, etc. Inyoung showed me how I was not utilizing lower portion of my lungs. Furthermore, she showed me how to exhale from my pelvic, which I’ve learned intellectually from my Tai-Chi practice, but something I could not do instinctually until Inyoung focuses on my pelvic strength. By adopting these two changes, my cardio rate has improved dramatically.
Inyoung’s influence extends to my travel. We create a schedule which minimizes the trauma physical exertions put onto my liver and circadian clock. She also creates custom work-outs based on the hotel gyms I travel to, and leaves me text messages on what to focus on, how much to push, asking about my body condition, etc. Often times, it’s her messages that get me out of bed and into the gym.
Inyoung is a competitive and demanding trainer, taking pride in her clients’ success & improvement. However, she is also sensitive to her clients’ emotion. One afternoon I showed up at the gym totally exhausted & demoralized. Sensing I was not able to focus, Inyoung shifted away from body coordination, cardio ramp, and other mentally challenging drill. Instead, we focused on simple major muscles exertions designed to tire me out in shortest time possible without needing any focus, after which Inyoung gave me an extensive stretch-out & massage so I could relax and sleep that night.
I am fortunate to have met Inyoung at the turning point of my physical condition and be able to improve every aspect of my physical condition, my sleep pattern, and my ability to deal with jet-lags effectively. Yes, she is immensely knowledgeable, and her credential needs no repetition here. Rare as that, I argue it’s her intuitive and keenest observation of human, and her obsessive sense of perfection that makes her the best trainer for anyone.
I recommend her without any reservation as trainer who wants to maximize life, whether it’s a competitive sport, demanding corporate life, or full recovery from major injury/ailment.